The Teaching Council is the statutory body that sets and upholds the standards for entry to the profession. One of the ways it does this is by reviewing and accrediting programmes of teacher education and training provided by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the State.
The Council's professional accreditation function is distinct from the process of academic accreditation which programmes already undergo. Academic accreditation is based on the suitability of a programme for the award of a degree/diploma; whereas professional accreditation is a judgement as to whether a programme prepares one for entry into that profession.
In 2009, the Council began reviewing programmes. Four reviews were completed in the 2009/2010 academic year. A further four programmes were reviewed in 2010/2011. All review reports have been published on this website.
The Council has published criteria and guidelines for HEIs providing programmes of initial teacher education - Initial Teacher Education: Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers. The Criteria and Guidelines enable HEIs to ensure that their programmes meet the Council's accreditation requirements. When submitting programmes for professional accreditation HEIs should complete the Pro Forma which is available to download below.